Manabik Shahajya Sangstha

Background of the Organization

Manabik Shahajya Sangstha (MSS) is Bangladesh’s one of the oldest non-governmental organizations. The formation of this voluntary, charitable, relief and development organization had its root in Dhaka when the country was hit by the massive flood in recent history and a group of students of the then Dhaka Residential Model School started a movement with humanitarian aid in 1974.

In January, 1977 the movement was given an organizational shape in Dhaka under the name of Shahajya Sangstha (SAS) which was subsequently renamed Manabik Shahajya Sangstha (MSS).After the task is over and having an organizational shape in 1977, MSS redirected its focus to poverty alleviation and empowerment of the poor especially the urban and rural women of Bangladesh. Thereafter, MSS started health and population services in 1982; an integrated savings and credit program for the urban poor in 1984 which has since become sustainable and was again in the front line when focus of development shifted to building democratic societies and promoting good governance.

Alongside working for poverty alleviation of the marginalized people, MSS is also promoting human rights, civic rights, good governance, democracy, food security, health services and non-formal primary education with a vision to establish a society free from poverty where there is equality among citizens and citizens’ rights are respected.